January 7, 2020

This month we ushered in a new year, 2020.  We say Happy New Year to another year as we say goodbye to the previous one. 

A year is a way of marking time.  But what is time?  This question continues to be pondered in religion, philosophy, and science....

December 13, 2019

In the Bible, Jesus often asked a question in response to someone asking him a question.

Take for instance, Matthew 9:14-15.  "Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, 'Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?'  And Jesus said to th...

December 7, 2019

In the Bible, we have four ancient forms of biographies of Jesus, otherwise known as the four Gospels.  Why do we have four gospels?  The four gospels are very similar in many ways, yet they are also very different.  Wouldn't it have been better if we had just one biog...

November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  Many of us are planning to travel to see family or host family who will come to visit us.  Either way, Thanksgiving is of course traditionally celebrated as a family gathering.  

For a lot of families, Thanksgiving i...

October 4, 2019

In the ancient year 325, the Roman Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea, a meeting of the primary Christian leaders (bishops).  At that meeting, the Nicene Creed was formulated.  Constantine wanted unity in his empire, including unity in his favored relig...

August 28, 2019

September 2 is Labor Day, a federal holiday.  Most Americans look forward to Labor Day because it means a three day weekend off from work.

"Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner resid...

August 6, 2019

I was born and raised in south Texas.  I grew up around firearms, which were primarily used for hunting.

As soon as I graduated from high school, I joined the Army.  Some people tend to think that military service members walk around carrying firearms and have them 24/7...

July 29, 2019

Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another.  Racist hate crimes have increased steadily the past several years.  This is troubling, especially considering the history of our country.  The treatment of Native American Indians in the 1800s was based...

July 12, 2019

Friends,

I'm on a personal retreat for a few days in the wilderness of mountainous woods, so no post this week.  In case you are interested, I'm reading "Renewal in the Wilderness:  A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World," by John Lionberger.  I'm...

July 4, 2019

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Written by Emma Lazarus, those are the words inscribed on the...

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